Improving interpreter startup speed

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sun Oct 26 02:54:47 CET 2008

Pedro Borges wrote:
> Hi guys,
> Is there a way to improve the interpreter startup speed?
> In my machine (cold startup) python takes 0.330 ms and ruby takes
> 0.047 ms, after cold boot python takes 0.019 ms and ruby 0.005 ms to
> start.

You of course mean CPython, but Version, version, what Version?
3.0 starts much quicker than 2.5.  Don't have 2.6.

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